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Course Description

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Major global environmental issues examined include climate change, deforestation, desertification and global fisheries. This course is interdisciplinary, exploring the interactions of bio-physical processes with human socio-economic dynamics, including policy initiatives. Particular attention is given to global climate change, its causes, its nature and extent, its implications for ecosystems and societies, and its governance implications.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate the general trends in global environmental changes, along with the mechanisms by which local processes influence global processes and vice versa;
  2. Identify the factors that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change;
  3. Build a mental map (cause-effect diagramming) to identify and communicate the complex relationships between social and biophysical systems that influence the vulnerability of a community or a region to global environmental change; and
  4. Contribute to strategic planning discussions and exercises about ways that a municipality / province / country might respond to global environmental change.

Course Topics

  • Overview and Impacts
  • Addressing Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Deforestation & Biodiversity
  • Desertification & Soils
  • Freshwater, Oceans and Marine Fisheries
  • Sustainable Development

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits (GEOG*2210 recommended)

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Evidence-Based Blog Posts (2 x 10%) 20% 1, 4
Responses to Blog Posts (2 x 5%) 10% 1, 4
Individual  Project: Strategic Planning for Global Environmental Change 30% 2, 3, 4
Unit 08 Quiz 15%  
Take-Home Final Exam 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total 100%  

 

Note:

Additional Technical Requirements

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Global Environmental Change
Type
Online
Dates
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
36.0
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) This course does not use a textbook.
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